SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Manager Tim Reidy and owners Margaret and Paul Hoffman,along
with Alfie the French poodle, greet customers.
By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
Why patronize just an ordinary liquor store, when you
can visit one where a standard French poodle greets you
at the door and where you can enjoy live piano music and
browse through a mini art gallery? If this sounds like
what shopping should be about, a visit to the new Hurricane
Liquors in Holmes Beach should be on your agenda.
Margaret and Paul Hoffman moved to Florida from Queens,
New York, in 1990 to manage Bradys restaurant in
Bradenton. Four years ago they purchased the popular Hurricane
Hanks Pub in Holmes Beach, and when the space next
door became available, they decided that the perfect compliment
to a local pub would be a local liquor store.
In mid-December they opened Hurricane Liquors and with
the help of their manager Tim Reidy, they have already
turned it into "not just your ordinary liquor store."
Tim Reidy, born in Ireland just south of Dublin, is anxious
and proud to show you around Hurricane Liquors bright
and clean 1,400 square feet of space, with fully stocked
shelves, coolers, wine tasting bar and a piano.
The digital player piano is one of Margaret Hoffmans
favorite things. She loves the sound of live music greeting
her customers, especially during Friday night wine tastings,
where people will frequently overflow from the pub next
The Hoffmans and Reidys goal is to have everything
possible in stock no matter who asks for a special item.
Based on their inventory, they are well on their way.
The vodka selection alone fills five shelves in the store
with flavors ranging from mint, rasberry, Dutch chocolate,
citron, espresso to the more exotic pomegranate.
They even have handmade Titos vodka and Idaho Potato
vodka. Tim Reidy says the flavored vodka market is changing
practically every day and that Hurricane Liquors is shortly
planning a vodka tasting to introduce flavored vodkas
to the community.
Naturally Hurricane Liquors carries every other type of
liquor and a vast array of wines ranging from $6.99 a
bottle to $100 a bottle, and will special order anything
you cant find in the store.
They keep world class red wines in a temperature controlled
environment, and their collection of world class beers
is also temperature controlled.
Hurricane Liquors specializes in unique and imported beers
including Belgian beer. They carry British ales and micro
beers in addition to domestic brands and are expanding
their collection weekly. Soon they will also be stocking
gifts and glasses to accompany their other products.
Tim Reidy says that Hurricane Liquors is there to serve
the sophisticated pallet and he is there to provide service
and attention to his customers. Stop in and see everyone
at Hurricane Liquors, especially Alfie, the four legged
blond with the bow tie. Where else can buying a bottle
of wine turn into a social event?
534 4 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Monday through Saturday
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Noon to 5 p.m.